Saturday, October 26, 2019

Reds Rebound

Coming off of a loss the night before, the University of New Brunswick Reds needed a big effort to salvage a weekend split and they responded, skating to a dominant 6-0 win over the Dalhousie Tigers tonight in Halifax.

Since the webcast was down for the entire 1st period all we know is UNB jumped out to a 2-0 lead  thanks to a goal from Matt Murphy (Simpson) at 4:29 and a power play marker off the stick of Mark Rassell (Murphy, Goulet) at 5:51. Shots in the period were 22-5.

It wasn't until late in the 2nd period that the Reds would strike again as Tigers goaltender Connor Hicks once again did his best to keep his team in the game. At 18:15 a shot up high on Hicks rattled the Tigers netminder, sending him to the ice in pain. Kris Bennett (Boland, Anderson) was right there to take advantage, tapping a loose puck into the empty net for the power play goal to make it 3-0. It proved to be the most evenly played period of the game with the shots favouring the visitors by a 15-10 margin.

The Reds closed out the game with a trio of goals in a physical and chippy 3rd period. At 9:49 Mark Simpson (Boucher, Watling) jammed the puck in during a scramble at the side of the net to push the lead to 4-0. Tyler Boland then forced a turnover behind the Tigers net, finding Brady Gilmour in front who slid the puck under Hicks for his first career U Sports goal at 16:44. A Marcus McIvor (Carroll, Dove-McFalls) slap shot through a screen with two minutes remaining capped the scoring. Shots were 21-3 in the period.

- Kris Bennett was back in the line-up after missing last night's game. Benjamin Gagne was out.

- Shots in the game were 58-18.

- Samuel Harvey picked up his first career shutout.

- UNB also dominated in the face-off circle, winning 55 out of 79 draws. Dove-McFalls saw the most action, winning 16 out of his 22 draws. Alexandre Goulet (13 out of 18) and Simpson (12 out of 18) also had standout performances.

- The Reds were 3 for 5 on the power play. Dalhousie came up empty on their five opportunities.

- Matt Murphy was named the player of the game. 

- Attendance was 160.

- There was only one other game in the conference tonight. The Acadia Axemen pushed their winning streak to eight games, scoring three unanswered goals in the 3rd period to stun UPEI 3-2 in Charlottetown.

- The 8-1-0 Axemen continue to lead the conference with UNB (6-2-0) and St. FX (4-2-1) in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.

- The Reds are back in action on Wednesday night when they travel to Moncton for a mid-week date with the Aigles Bleus. Game time is 7PM.